We’re eventually going to run out of fossil fuels. That’s a given. How will people travel? It doesn’t appear that we’re looking much into the future.
Hubby and I debated this idea of mine, and I wanted to see what you guys think of it.
While in Europe, I was impressed by the rail system. Fast, effecient, and relatively inexpensive. We should have the same in the US.
We would start by connecting the major cities with rail lines. My idea is to either bury them underground, or to sink the track into the earth about five feet, and then build a concrete case to cover the top of the rail line, to help prevent sabotage. Slowly, we could work our way across the US, starting with the more populated regions, and then to the smaller areas. Within fifty years, the entire US would be connected by rail lines, with a station in each city.
This would be a major public works program, sponsored by the government. There would also be a one dollar tax on a gallon of gasoline to offset some of the cost. After the lines are built, corporations could take over running them, and maintaining them. The government would subsidize this, and ticket prices from lines already completed during the process would help fund the rest of the construction.
The trains would also carry cargo. Buisness people would get special rates, which might lure business away from the airlines. Trips might actually be faster, because there would be no long waits at airports or on the runway, and each stop in a city would be about the same as it is in Europe: about 10 minutes. Cameras would be installed in each car, as well as security people on each train that would monitor the video to ensure safety of the passengers.
As I see it, this would create thousands of jobs. The dollar tax on gas would rack up quite a bit of money to help build the rail line. People would be upset at the tax on gas, but it would force our nation to be more far-sighted, and also to conserve what fuel is left.
The trains would run off of electricity, or, if it’s ever possible, nuclear fuel pellets. The trains would be kept clean, and possibly walled with a smooth surface inside that would allow graffitti to be easily cleaned off.
So, what do you guys think? Could this work?